17 Measures to Appear on November Ballot
Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced June 30 that 17 measures have qualified for the November ballot, and that by the close of business today, his office will assign numbers to each of the propositions.
While the list of initiatives has been finalized, the Legislature still could add measures to the November ballot (doing so would take a two-thirds vote of each house, but the governor’s signature is not required).
These are the measures that have qualified for the November ballot:
- Extends Personal Income Tax Increase on High-Income Earners. Increases personal income taxes by about $90 billion by extending the income tax provisions of Proposition 30 of 2012 (rather than expiring in 2018, the tax increase would run through 2030). The initiative does not extend Proposition 30’s sales tax increase, which is scheduled to expire December 31 (Initiative 15-0115A1).
- Tobacco Tax Increase. Increases the cigarette tax by $2 per pack of 20 cigarettes, bringing the state’s tax to $2.87 per pack (Initiative 15-0081A1).
- Statewide Bond for School Facilities. Provides for the issuance of $9 billion in general obligation bonds to fund improvements and construction of school facilities at K-12 schools and community colleges (Initiative 15-0005).
- Legislative Transparency and Procedures. Prohibits a proposed law from being voted on until the language has been in print and posted online for public review for at least 72 hours. Requires the Legislature to provide audiovisual recordings of all public proceedings, accessible on the Internet within 24 hours of the legislative meeting, and to archive the recordings for at least 20 years (Initiative 15-0083A1).
- Legalization and Taxation of Marijuana. Legalizes the use of marijuana for nonmedical purposes by people age 21 and older, and imposes various taxes on the drug (Initiative 15-0103).
- Statewide Vote on Revenue Bonds. Requires the Legislature to seek voter approval prior to issuing revenue bonds in excess of $2 billion (Initiative 15-0003).
- Reduces and Adjusts Prison Sentences. Provides early release and resentencing for individuals convicted of non-violent criminal acts (15-0121A).
- English Language Education. Amends and repeals provisions of Proposition 227, which was approved by voters in 1998 to require, among other things, that all children enrolled in public schools be taught English (SB 1174, Chapter 753, Statutes of 2014).
- Advisory Vote to Petition Congress to Limit Independent Expenditures. Asks the voters on whether Congress should be asked to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allows the use of independent expenditures to support or oppose a candidate or ballot measure (SB 254, Chapter 20, Statutes of 2016).
- Hospital Tax to Fund Health Care Programs. Secures existing revenue from the Hospital Quality Assurance Fee to ensure that California continues to receive federal matching funds for Medi-Cal related expenses by removing the tax’s sunset date, and requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to divert revenue (Initiative 13-0022).
- Restrictions on Producers of Adult Films. Imposes several new restrictions on the adult film industry in California, including a requirement that men who appear in pornographic films produced in California wear condoms during sexual intercourse (Initiative 15-0004A1).
- Mandated Cap on Drug Prices. Caps prescription drug costs paid by California state agencies based on the price paid by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (Initiative 15-0009A1).
- Death Penalty Repeal. Repeals the death penalty in California and replaces it with life imprisonment without parole. Applies retroactively to current death row inmates, and requires those sentenced to life without parole to work while in prison (Initiative 15-0066).
- Restrictions on Purchasing and Owning Firearms. Restricts the type of firearms and ammunition that may be bought or sold in California (Initiative 15-0098A1).
- Seizure of Retailers’ Bag Revenue. Redirects local single-use bag revenue to the state government for purposes of funding recycling and conservation programs and drought mitigation (Initiative 15-0074).
- Death Penalty Repeal. Bans the use of capital punishment in California (Initiative 15-0096).
- Referendum of Statewide Bag Regulations. Overturns the state law that prohibits grocery stores and certain other stores from providing single-use plastic bags to customers and authorizes stores to impose a charge of up to 10 cents per single-use paper bag. A “yes” vote would enact the law, while a “no” vote would repeal the law (Initiative 14-0011).
July 5, 2016
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